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Specializes in Psychology
6141 Amarillo Boulevard West
Amarillo, TX
 

Dr. Michael Pelfrey is a psychologist. Dr. Pelfrey's areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and phobias. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. In addition to English, he speaks German.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Depression, Phobias, Sports Health, Diagnostic Evaluation, Developmental ... (Read more)

Jana Denise Pounds, MEd
Specializes in Counseling, Addiction Therapy
6910 W 45th Avenue; Suite 23
Amarillo, TX
 

Ms. Jana Pounds is a counselor and addiction therapist. These areas are among Ms. Pounds's clinical interests: crisis intervention, behavior therapy, and christian counseling. She is in-network for United Healthcare Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , postpartum depression

All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Infidelity Issues, Separation, Cognitive Therapy, Premarital Therapy, Neglect, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Counseling
719 S Austin Street
Amarillo, TX
 

Ms. Julie Rose practices counseling. Clinical interests for Ms. Rose include terminal illness, depression, and career counseling. Ms. Rose is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Depression, Grief, Terminal Illness, Career Counseling, Counselor Education

Specializes in Counseling
719 S Austin Street
Amarillo, TX
 

Ms. Colleen Presley works as a counselor in Amarillo, TX. Her areas of expertise include the following: terminal illness, depression, and family therapy services. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and Blue Choice.

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All Interests: Depression, Couples Therapy, Grief, Sexual Abuse, Terminal Illness, Family Therapy Services

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What is Depression?

Everyone knows what it feels like to get the blues once in a while. But depression is a serious illness that is more severe than a bad day and lasts much longer. Symptoms of depression stop a person from being able to function and enjoy daily activities for weeks or months at a time. It can happen to anyone, and it isn’t something that people can control by force of will or “snap out of.”

Some common symptoms of depression include:
  • Feeling sad, guilty, empty or hopeless
  • Fatigue and a lack of energy and motivation
  • A loss of pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Unusual sleep or eating habits
  • “Mental fog” -- trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Suicidal thoughts or a preoccupation with death

We don’t yet know what causes depression, but it’s thought that it is a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and social influences. Because of this, the most effective treatments for depression combine medication with psychotherapy. Therapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be extremely helpful in resolving the negative thoughts and feelings that come with depression. It gives patients new tools that they can use themselves to cope when their depression is making them feel down.

Some of the common medications used to treat depression include antidepressants such as SSRI’s (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft) or atypical antidepressants (Cymbalta, Wellbutrin). It’s important to remember that these medications have different effects on everybody, and no one medication works right for everyone. You may have to try a couple before finding the one that works just right for you. If the first medication you try doesn’t work, don’t give up, and talk to your doctor about trying something else. In extreme cases where medication is not enough, electro-convulsive therapy and hospitalization may be the answer to keeping a severely depressed person safe.

Depression is a difficult illness to deal with, but it is more common than you’d think and there are many people who can help. With the right treatment, you can get back to fully enjoying your life again.
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